The Tao is like a well:
used but never used up.
It is like the eternal void:
filled with infinite possibilities.
It is hidden but always present.
I don’t know who gave birth to it.
It is older than God.
Tao Te Ching v4
I release and forgive.
Ocean waves crash and roll over the beach in a repetitive cadence. The ocean is home to countless animals and continues its rise and fall, rolling in and out, regardless of weather, season, or changes on the shore. It is not affected by who comes to watch the tides or frolic in the waves.
When I am struggling to forgive, I remember the ocean. I draw inspiration from the continuous movement and clearing of any limitations. I imagine myself writing in the sand the situation or person I believe has upset me; then I experience release as the waves gently wash away my words.
Then Peter came and said to him, “Lord, if another member of the church sins against me, how often should I forgive? As many as seven times?” Jesus said to him, “Not seven times, but, I tell you, seventy-seven times.”—Matthew 18:21-22
Fear binds the world. Forgiveness sets it free.
The ego makes illusions. Truth undoes its evil dreams by shining them away. Truth never makes attack. It merely is. And by its presence is the mind recalled from fantasies, awaking to the real. Forgiveness bids this presence enter in, and take its rightful place within the mind. Without forgiveness is the mind in chains, believing in its own futility. Yet with forgiveness does the light shine through the dream of darkness, offering it hope, and giving it the means to realize the freedom that is its inheritance.
We would not bind the world again today. Fear holds it prisoner. And yet Your Love has given us the means to set it free. Father, we would release it now. For as we offer freedom, it is given us. And we would not remain as prisoners, while You are holding freedom out to us.
A Course In Miracles ~ 332
. . . Is Gentle, Loving, Kind
Have you ever thought what forgiveness means? You, your own self, your own personality needs forgiveness. Your spirit is divine, but until you have overcome, your personality remains human and needs the forgiveness of your spirit. As you forgive, as your spirit forgives your personality, so also you will learn to forgive your brother man for all his seeming errors. If you will train yourself to think in terms of love and forgiveness every moment of your life, a most beautiful healing will take place in you.
The Quiet Mind – Sayings of White Eagle